Drinking Limit for Driving

According to statistical evidence, deaths from accidents caused by driving over the legal drinking limit are down compared to twenty years ago. However, there are still too many deaths and serious injuries involving people who have been driving over the official limit. In 2008, the Ministry of Transport reported drivers with alcohol or drugs contributing to 103 fatal crashes, 1156 minor crashes and 441 serious injury crashes. These crashes resulted in 119 drivers or riders killed on New Zealand roads with a Blood Alcohol Content (BAC) exceeding the legal limit. In 2020, 37 were killed, and 476 serious injuries were reported.

When driving in New Zealand’ the blood alcohol level should not exceed the legal limit of 0.05%. However, beginner drivers and professional drivers require a zero BAC. The BACtrack S80 Pro is the model most commonly used for these situations.


If you want to drive after going to a party, an event or a gathering, you might want to monitor your alcohol level to understand and estimate when to stop drinking. Never drive if you are over the limit or even feel intoxicated, even if your breathalyser puts you in a safer range than you think. To test your BAC, you will need to have a personal breathalyser. A breathalyser is a simple and easy to use tool that detects blood alcohol levels and helps you understand what range you are in throughout testing. The BACtrack breathalyser is the number one and most affordable hand-held breathalyser brand in New Zealand and the entire world.

Using a breathalyser will assist you in taking responsibility whilst drinking alcohol. You should not drive if your BAC exceeds the legal limit or even if you feel unsafe driving and are under the limit. Imagine the feeling of being in a hospital or putting someone else there because of your drinking and driving. Worse still, you could harm or kill someone or yourself on the road. It is so simple to use a breathalyser, and if you are over the limit, you can wait until you are under the legal limit or grab a cab home.

Drinking and driving are legally and socially unacceptable, with not just the courts frowning on such behaviour. Pals and neighbours can ostracise offenders. The days of casual drink driving are well and genuinely over, with the vast majority of people recognising the dangers of driving when intoxicated on the road.

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